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July 3, 2006
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Hi all...

Today, in the most serendipitous way, I came across a fellow selling copies of a book he had written. It's kind of a "lighter side" of the 12 steps and even includes a Recovery board game.

Here's the Codependent version of the old "lightbulb" joke:

Q: How many codependents does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: It takes 4. One to screw it in, another to apologize for having it burn out in the first place, another to apologize for taking so long to do it, and another to promise that it will never happen again.

Just wanted to share that...

July 3, 2006
9:41 am
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ingenious idea!

July 3, 2006
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...and another to run around consoling them all for feeling so guilty and stressing out trying to figure out ways that she can take the blame on herself so that they don't feel so bad....

Rev-

July 3, 2006
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you guy are a trip! 🙂

July 3, 2006
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Now we are getting somewhere!

I think that normal conscience, empathy, and normal "healthy neurosis" plays a part in the "codependant" drama.

Somehow those normal instincts get screwed up and taken advantage of when we are young, and there is a kind of short circuit in the empathy software.

Hmm, what is that condition called, where there is an excessive tendency toward self-blame?

"Pre-Depressive."

I think it is natural for people to wonder if an unfortunate situation is their "fault."

Pathology-wise, there seem to be two main types of personalities.

Those who take on too much responsibility, who blame themselves for things too much.

And the other kind of person...

The kind of person who never, ever assumes responsibility or blame.

July 3, 2006
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very true WD, very true.

July 3, 2006
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kroika,

LOL! I'll have to remember that joke.

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